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Mendelssohn: Song Without Words, Books 5-8 / Ronald Brautigam, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62: No. 1, Andante espressivo, MWV U 185 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62: No. 2, Allegro con fuoco, MWV U 181 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62: No. 3, Andante maestoso, MWV U 177 "Trauermarsch" $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62: No. 4, Allegro con anima, MWV U 175 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62: No. 5, Andante con moto, MWV U 151 "Venezianisches Gondellied" $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62: No. 6, Allegro grazioso, MWV U 161 "Frühlingslied" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67: No. 1, Andante, MWV U 180 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67: No. 2, Allegro leggiero, MWV U 145 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67: No. 3, Andante tranquillo, MWV U 102 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67: No. 4, Presto, MWV U 182 "Spinnerlied" $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67: No. 5, Moderato, MWV U 184 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 67: No. 6, Allegretto non troppo, MWV U 188 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 85: No. 1, Andante espressivo, MWV U 150 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 85: No. 2, Allegro, MWV U 101 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 85: No. 3, Presto, MWV U 111 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 85: No. 4, Andante sostenuto, MWV U 192 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 85: No. 5, Allegretto, MWV U 191 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 85: No. 6, Allegretto con moto, MWV U 155 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102: No. 1, Andante un poco agitato, MWV U 162 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102: No. 2, Adagio, MWV U 190 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102: No. 3, Presto, MWV U 195 "Kinderstück" $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102: No. 4, Andante un poco agitato, MWV U 152 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102: No. 5, Allegro vivace, MWV U 194 "Kinderstück" $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mendelssohn — Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 102: No. 6, Andante, MWV U 172 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mendelssohn — Gondellied, WoO 10, MWV U 136 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mendelssohn — Lied ohne Worte in F Major, MWV U 189 $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Mendelssohn — Lied ohne Worte in D Major, MWV U 178 $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Mendelssohn — Lied ohne Worte in D Minor, MWV U 187 "Reiterlied" $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Mendelssohn — Lied ohne Worte in E-Flat Major, MWV U 82 (Completed by R.L. Todd) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Mendelssohn — 6 Kinderstücke, Op. 72 "Christmas Pieces": No. 1, Allegro non troppo, MWV U 171 $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Mendelssohn — 6 Kinderstücke, Op. 72 "Christmas Pieces": No. 2, Andante sostenuto, MWV U 170 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Mendelssohn — 6 Kinderstücke, Op. 72 "Christmas Pieces": No. 3, Allegretto, MWV U 164 $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Mendelssohn — 6 Kinderstücke, Op. 72 "Christmas Pieces": No. 4, Andante con moto, MWV U 169 $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Mendelssohn — 6 Kinderstücke, Op. 72 "Christmas Pieces": No. 5, Allegro assai, MWV U 166 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Mendelssohn — 6 Kinderstücke, Op. 72 "Christmas Pieces": No. 6, Vivace, MWV U 168 $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Mendelssohn — Andante in E-Flat Major, MWV U 165 $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Mendelssohn — Sostenuto in F Major, MWV U 167 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 7, Op. 85
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 102
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words, Op. 62 no 5, Venetian Gondola Song
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in F major (dedicated to Doris Loewe)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in D major (incomplete)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Vier Lieder
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in E flat major (incomplete)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Kinderstücke (6) for piano ("Christmas Pieces"), Op. 72
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante for piano in E flat major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sostenuto for piano in F major
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ronald Brautigam, piano During the early 19th century a number of composers began to write in new genres inspired by literature: Chopin's Ballades, Schumann's Novelletten and, later, Liszt's symphonic poems are all examples of this Romantic urge to create works that transcend the divide between Felix Mendelssohn invented a genre of his own, when he presented his sister Fanny with a 'song without words' for her birthday. He went on to compose a large number of such Lieder ohne Worte and published no less than six sets of six pieces each. These became immensely popular with amateur and professional pianists, as well as with their respective audiences. Mendelssohn's death in 1847 did not affect the huge demand for the pieces, and the publisher Simrock soon issued another two sets, compiled from pieces that the composer had set aside for later publication. Mendelssohn himself supplied a few of the songs with more or less descriptive subtitles, but his aim was not to tell an existing story in music instead of words, but rather to communicate something that could only be conveyed through music. To Mendelssohn, music was more exact than language - in his own words: 'the music I love expresses ideas that are not too vague to be captured in words, but on the contrary too precise.' When Ronald Brautigam's recording of Books 1-4 was released in 2012, the reviewer in International Record Review wrote: 'One could scarcely hope for performances more vivid or poetic than these.' This second volume includes the last four published sets of Lieder ohne Worte, as well as a number of other piano miniatures. Brautigam performs them on the same instrument as on the previous disc, a copy by Paul McNulty after a piano from 1830 by Ignaz Pleyel, preserved at Muse de la musique in Paris.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
The variety of tangy colours he conjures from the instrument really is the aural equivalent of removing a century of dirt from an oil painting... if, like me, you have an irrational aversion to the fortepiano, Brautigam might well change your mind. It is fascinating to hear such familiar music much as Mendelssohn himself might have heard it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Österåker Church, Sweden (08/2014).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 7, Op. 85
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 06/09/1834-08/19/1845.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 102
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/04/1841-12/12/1845.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words, Op. 62 no 5, Venetian Gondola Song
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/24/1841.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 01/24/1841

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in F major (dedicated to Doris Loewe)
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in D major (incomplete)
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 01/19/1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Vier Lieder
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/01/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in E flat major (incomplete)
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1830-1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Kinderstücke (6) for piano ("Christmas Pieces"), Op. 72
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 06/1842

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante for piano in E flat major
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 06/1842

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sostenuto for piano in F major
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 06/1842